Diabetes is affecting a third of UK population

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A staggering third of people in the UK are either living with diabetes, have pre-diabetes, or are at increased risk of diabetes. This would be a mirror image in workforces across the country, which over time will be a financial burden.

What are you doing in your workplace to promote your staff’s health, increase awareness and help diabetes safety? We would love to hear contact@diabetessafety.org.

Below is an overview of the current diabetes statistic in the UK, possible impacts at work and what can be done.

UK Stats:

  • 4.6 million with diabetes
  • 700 people a day are diagnosed with the condition, one every 2 minutes!
  • 1 million don’t know they have it (estimated)
  • 7 million people have pre -diabetes (estimated)
  • 12.3 million at increased risk of diabetes
  • That’s a staggering total of 24.9 million people, approximately a third of the UK population.

Diabetes can lead to:

  • Increased time off work
  • Decreased productivity
  • Hypos at work and whilst driving, creating safety risks
  • Increased corporate liability
  • Increased monitoring and regulations through the DVLA

Currently there are no regulations on construction sites or non-designated roads, leaving a risk to people’s health and safety. The Health and Safety at work act 1974 places a duty on every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable that employees and non- employees affected by what the employer does, are not exposed to a risk to their health safety or welfare.

What can be done:

In response to this growing hidden epidemic the Diabetes Safety Organisation have launched the Tackling Diabetes Safety Charter for companies to understand what can and should be done to support the health of their staff and promote work safety. Why not sign up today and help make a difference for your staff.

Find out more at https://diabetessafety.org/charter/ or email us enquiries@diabetessafety.org

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